Antonio Gugliuzzo

Research Fellow
Scientific Tutor: Antonio Biondi

Brief

Antonio Gugliuzzo earned the PhD degree in “Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (International)” on November 2022 cum summa laude, discussing a doctoral thesis entitled "Development of new tools for sustainable management of non-native ambrosia beetles". He also met the requirements of the European University Association to obtain the additional certification of "Doctor Europaeus". Previously, Antonio earned a Master's degree in Agricultural Science and Technology LM69 (May 2017) at the University of Catania, Italy. Thanks to several scientific experiences (pre- and post-graduation) conducted at several Italian and foreign institutions, Antonio acquired numerous skills in multiple aspects of general and applied entomology, ecology, chemistry, toxicology and agronomy. His early research activities focused on the development of rearing techniques for invasive insect pests and their natural enemies (predators and parasitoids) and the writing and validation of experimental protocols concerning insect exposure to toxicants (i.e., insecticides, botanicals, microbials, etc.). More recently, Antonio implemented his expertise through field and laboratory studies aimed at evaluating the biology, ecology, multi-trophic interactions and sustainable management strategies targeting several invasive insect pests and their natural enemies (fruit flies, moths, wood-boring beetles, sup-sucking species, etc.). In addition, he conducted research activities on the evaluation of the biological activity of volatile substances against insects (e.g., olfactometry, development of attractants/repellents and traps) as well as on the evaluation of the entomotoxicity caused by substances with different origin and mechanism of action. Overall, Antonio collaborates on multidisciplinary research activities concerning: (i) the bio-ecology and interactions between invasive pests and co-evolved or non-co-evolved natural enemies; (ii) the potential of beneficial microorganisms (e.g. entomopathogens, antagonistic bacteria, mycoparasitic fungi) against target and non-target species; (iii) the development and evaluation of novel biological control and/or IPM substances/techniques (plant extracts, attractants, repellents, traps, etc.); (v) the lethal and sublethal effects of biological and synthetic insecticides against pests and beneficials; (vi) the role of volatile organic compounds in influencing insect behavior. Antonio is currently conducting research activities (PostDoc position) focusing on the “Development of innovative biological control strategies for the sustainable management of invasive pests in greenhouse crops” within the HORIZON-Europe project: “EU-China joint action to increase development and adoption of IPM tools - ADOPT IPM”. Antonio serves as peer reviewer and guest editor for several ISI journals. His scientific results have been or are being published mainly in international indexed scientific journals (WoS/Scopus).

Research and Professional experience

  • 06/2023-ongoingPost-Doc position (postdoc fellowship) - University of Catania. Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A). “Development of innovative biological control strategies for the sustainable management of invasive pests in greenhouse crops” within the HORIZON-Europe project: “EU-China joint action to increase development and adoption of IPM tools - ADOPT IPM”. Under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Biondi.
  • 04/2023-06/2023Research collaborator - University of Catania. Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A). “Evaluation of sublethal effects of insecticides on the olfactory ability of two parasitoid insects” within the project: “Development of an experimental protocol for the study of olfactory reactions in Ganaspis brasiliensis and Necremnus tutae. Under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Biondi.
  • 10/2019-10/2022PhD Course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (International), University of Catania. Research project: “Development of new tools for sustainable management of non-native Ambrosia Beetles”. Under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Biondi and Prof. Giovanna Tropea Garzia.
  • 04/2021-09/2021DAAD Research Grant (German Academic Exchange Service) + Erasmus+ Mobility, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Germany), Forest Entomology and Protection. Research project: “Multi-mutualistic interactions for optimized management of exotic fungus-farming beetles”. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter Biedermann, Chair of Forest Entomology and Protection.
  • 07/2019-10/2019Research and Development Advisor, ARGITAL S.r.l., Modica (Italy). “Assessment of repellence of clays towards different tomato pests and/or beneficials (i.e., Tuta absolutaBemisia tabaci and Nesidiocoris tenuis).”
  • 07/2019-10/2019Research and Development Advisor, NDG Group S.r.l., Castel Maggiore (Italy). “Insecticidal activity of different substances toward the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys.”
  • 05/2018–05/2019Research collaborator - University of Catania. Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A). “Field and laboratory studies to evaluate biology, control strategies and biological activity of volatile substances against Xylosandrus compactus” within the project: “Phytosanitary defense against the ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus on Carob tree”. Under the supervision of Prof. Giovanna Tropea Garzia.
  • 11/2018Visiting Research Assistant - Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economy Analysis - Research Centre for Agrobiology and Pedology (Florence) (CRA CRA-ABP). Collaboration on research topics concerning “Coleoptera Scolytinae infesting plants of agricultural and forest interest”. Under the supervision of Dr. Fabrizio Pennacchio, Senior Researcher of the Center.
  • 01/2018–03/2018Research collaborator - University of Catania. Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A). “Development of new experimental protocols for rearing and exposure to biocides of the pest Drosophila suzukii and its parasitoid Trichopria drosophilae” within the project: “Target and non-target entomotoxicity of bioinsectide nanoformulations”. Under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Biondi.

 

Memberships

  • Entomological Society of America (ESA)
  • Società Entomologica Italiana (SEI)

 

Grants / Awards

  • Complimentary registration and travel stipend Award by ESA (Entomological Society of America)

- Invited speaker for the 2022 ESA, ESC, and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting - November 13-16 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

- Presentation title: “Biological control of invasive ambrosia beetles of the genus Xylosandrus

 

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant

- DAAD is a joint organization of the universities and other institutions of higher education in the Federal Republic of Germany. Supported from public funds, the DAAD promotes international academic cooperation, especially through the exchange of students and academics. Grants are awarded by selection committees comprising a panel of independent academics.

- Award-winning research project: “Multi-mutualistic interactions for optimized management of exotic fungus-farming beetles

- Scientific supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Biedermann; Host institution: University of Freiburg (Germany); Period: 04/2021 – 09/2021

 

  • Mobility for Traineeship – Erasmus+

- Traineeship during the PhD Course (04/2021-07/2021) at the research group on Forest Entomology & Protection at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of the University of Freiburg (Germany)

 

Current editorial tasks

 

Peer reviewer

  • Agricultural and Forest Entomology (Wiley)
  • Annals of Applied Biology (Wiley)
  • Biocontrol (Springer)
  • Biocontrol Science and Technology (Taylor & Francis)
  • Biological Control (Elsevier)
  • Biological Invasions (Springer)
  • Ecotoxicology (Springer)
  • Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (Wiley)
  • Entomologia Generalis (Schweizerbart)
  • Entomological Science (Wiley)
  • Environmental Entomology (Oxford Academic)
  • European Journal of Entomology
  • Journal of Pest Science (Springer)
  • Oecologia (Springer)
  • Pest Management Science (Wiley)
  • Phytoparasitica (Springer)
  • PLoS ONE (PLOS)

 

Guest editor

  • Guest Editor for Biological Control (Elsevier)
  • Special Issue: “Biological control of pests and pathogens in forests: current status and future trends in the years to come.”

Articles published in indexed journals

  • Gugliuzzo A., Gusella G., Leonardi G.R., Costanzo M.B., Ricupero M., Rassati D., Biondi A., Polizzi G. (2023). From a cause of rapid fig tree dieback to a new threat to mango production: the invasive bark beetle Cryphalus dilutus Eichhoff (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) and its associated fungi found on mango trees in Europe. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin. doi: 10.1111/epp.12956. (Scopus Elsevier 2023: SJR 0.303; Ranking: 46/97, Q2 in Horticolture) Scopus Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 0.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Kreuzwieser J., Ranger C.M., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A., Biedermann P.H.W. (2023). Volatiles of fungal cultivars act as cues for host-selection in the fungus-farming ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus germanusFrontiers in Microbiology. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2023.1151078. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 6.064; Ranking: 34/137, Q1 in Microbiology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 0.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Francardi V., Simoni S., Roversi P.F., Ferrati M., Spinozzi E., Perinelli D.R., Bonacucina G., Maggi F., Tortorici S., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A., Rizzo R. (2023). Role of plant essential oil nanoemulsions on host colonization by the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactusIndustrial Crops and Products, 195, 116437. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 6.449; Ranking: 6/90, Q1 in Agronomy) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 0.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Giuliano G., Rizzo R., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A. (2023). Lethal and sublethal effects of synthetic and bioinsecticides toward the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactusPest Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.7365. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 4.463; Ranking: 8/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 0.
  • Giannetti D.*, Schifani E.*, Gugliuzzo A.*, Zappalà L., Biondi A., Grasso D. A. (2022). Native European ants can discourage host colonization and reduce reproductive success of the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactusBiological Control174, 105032. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 3.857; Ranking: 13/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 4. * = Co-first authorship.
  • Passos L.C., Ricupero M., Gugliuzzo A., Soares M.A., Desneux N., Campolo O., Carvalho G.A., Biondi A., Zappalá L. (2022). Sublethal effects of plant essential oils toward the zoophytophagous mirid Nesidiocoris tenuisJournal of Pest Science, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-022-01548-7. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 5.742; Ranking: 3/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 6.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Aiello D., Biondi A., Giurdanella G., Siscaro G., Zappalà L., Vitale A., Tropea Garzia G., Polizzi G. (2022). Microbial mutualism suppression by Trichoderma and Bacillus species for controlling the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactusBiological Control170, 104929. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 3.857; Ranking: 13/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 4.
  • Passos L.C., Ricupero M., Gugliuzzo A., Soares M.A., Desneux N., Carvalho G.A., Zappalà L., Biondi A. (2022). Does the dose make the poison? Neurotoxic insecticides impair predator orientation and reproduction even at low concentrations. Pest management science78, 1698-1706. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 4.462; Ranking: 8/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 14.
  • Ricupero M., Cammarata S., Gugliuzzo A., Biondi A., Zappalà L., Siscaro G. (2022). The parasitic complex of Halyomorpha halys: preliminary data on adaptation of native egg parasitoids to the invasive host. Acta Horticulturae. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2022.1354.28. (Scopus Elsevier 2021: Cite Score 0.5; Ranking: 80/94, Q4 in Horticolture) Scopus Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 0.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Biedermann P.H.W., Carrillo D., Castrillo L.A., Egonyu J.P., Gallego D., Haddi K., Hulcr J., Jactel H., Kajimura H., Kamata N., Meurisse N., Li Y., Oliver J.B., Ranger C.M., Rassati D., Stelinski L.L., Sutherland R., Tropea Garzia G., Wright M.G., Biondi A. (2021). Recent advances toward the sustainable management of invasive Xylosandrus ambrosia beetles. Journal of Pest Science94, 615-637. (Journal Citation report WoS 2021: Impact factor 5.742; Ranking: 3/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 36.
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  • Gugliuzzo A., Criscione G., Biondi A., Aiello D., Vitale A., Polizzi G., Tropea Garzia G. (2020). Seasonal changes in population structure of the ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus and its associated fungi in a southern Mediterranean environment. PLOS ONE15, e0239011. (Journal Citation report WoS 2020: Impact factor 3.234; Ranking: 26/72, Q2 in Muldisciplinary sciences) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 14.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Criscione G., Tropea Garzia G., (2019). Unusual behavior of Xylosandrus compactus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae) on Carob trees in a Mediterranean environment. Insects10, 82. (Journal Citation report WoS 2019: Impact factor 2.220; Ranking: 17/100, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 17.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Mazzeo G., Mansour R., Tropea Garzia G. (2019). Carob pests in the Mediterranean region: bio-ecology, natural enemies and management options. Phytoparasitica47, 605-628. (Journal Citation report WoS 2019: Impact factor 1.137; Ranking: 47/100, Q2 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 7.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Criscione G., Siscaro G., Russo A., Tropea Garzia G. (2019). First data on the flight activity and distribution of the ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff) on carob trees in Sicily. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin49, 340-351. (Scopus Elsevier 2019: Cite Score 1.6; Ranking: 38/84, Q2 in Horticolture) Scopus Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 15.
  • Siscaro G., Lo Pumo C., Tropea Garzia, G., Tortorici S., Gugliuzzo A., Ricupero M., Biondi A., Zappalà L. (2019). Temperature and tomato variety influence the development and the plant damage induced by the zoophytophagous mirid bug Nesidiocoris tenuisJournal of Pest Science92, 1049-1056. (Journal Citation report WoS 2019: Impact factor 4.578; Ranking: 2/101, Q1 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 27.
  • Naselli M., Zappalà L., Gugliuzzo A., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A., Rapisarda C., Cincotta F., Condurso C., Verzera A., Siscaro G. (2017). Olfactory response of the zoophytophagous mirid Nesidiocoris tenuis to tomato and alternative host plants. Arthropod-Plant Interactions11, 121-131. (Journal Citation report WoS 2017: Impact factor 1.591; Ranking: 32/96, Q2 in Entomology) WoS Citations on Sept. 11, 2023: 33.

 

Other papers

  • Rizzo R., Gugliuzzo A. Il controllo del Bostrico tipografo, tra cambiamenti climatici e nuove prospettive. Georgofili INFO, Notiziario di informazione a cura dell'Accademia dei Georgofili, online (16 March 2022).
  • Gugliuzzo A., Tropea Garzia G. Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff) - Emergenza fitosanitaria per i carrubi siciliani. ENTOMATA, Newsletter della Società Entomologica Italiana, N. 9 (22 June 2019).
  • Gugliuzzo A., Tropea Garzia G. Informative booklet: “Xylosandrus compactus – uno scolitide invasivo che attacca il legno”. University of Catania (The booklet reports main relevant knowledge and research results about the biology, ecology and management options of the invasive ambrosia beetle X. compactus in the Mediterranean (2020)).

 

In press, under review and submitted articles

  • Gugliuzzo A., Cavallaro C., Strano C.P., Alinç T., Passos L.C., Ricupero M., Lisi F., Cocuzza G.E.M., Colazza S., Russo A., Siscaro G., Tropea Garzia G., Zappalà L., Biondi A. Seasonal flight activity of Drosophila suzukii and first data on its parasitoids on Mount Etna (Italy). Under review.

 

Conference proceedings

  • Gugliuzzo A., Kreuzwieser J., Ranger C.M., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A., Biedermann P.H.W. (Oral Presentation). Volatiles of fungal mutualists can act as aggregation cues during host-selection by an ambrosia beetle. XXVII Italian National Congress of Entomology (CNIE), Session VI – Insects and Microorganisms, 12-16 June 2023, Palermo, Italy.
  • Giannetti D., Schifani E., Gugliuzzo A., Zappalà L., Biondi A., Grasso D.A. (Oral Presentation). Native European ants can discourage host colonization and reduce reproductive success of the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus (Curculionidae: Scolytinae) XXVII Italian National Congress of Entomology (CNIE), Session VIII – Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management, 12-16 June 2023, Palermo, Italy.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Biondi A. (Invited Oral Presentation). Biological control of invasive ambrosia beetles of the genus Xylosandrus. ESA, ESC, and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting, 13-16 November 2022, Vancouver, British Columbia, (Canada).
  • Gugliuzzo A. (Oral Presentation). Invasive Xylosandrus ambrosia beetles: global impact, management options and open challenges. 4th Joint Meeting of Agriculture-oriented PhD Programs UniCT, UniFG and UniUd, 3-7 October 2022, Paluzza, Udine (Italy).
  • Tsolakis H.Tropea Garzia G.Gugliuzzo A. (Poster). An unusual overwintering of Tetranychus urticae Koch on strawberries in Sicily (Italy). 9th Symposium of the European Association of Acarologists. 12-15 July 2022, Bari (Italy).
  • Ricupero M., Cammarata S., Gugliuzzo A., Biondi A., Zappalà L., Siscaro G. (Poster). The parasitic complex of Halyomorpha halys: preliminary data on adaptation of native egg parasitoids to the invasive host. III International Organic Fruit Symposium and I International Organic Vegetable Symposium, 14-16 December 2021, online.
  • Gugliuzzo A. (Oral Presentation). Multi-mutualistic interactions for optimized management of the exotic fungus-farming beetle Xylosandrus germanus. 3rd Joint Meeting of Agriculture-oriented PhD Programs UniCT, UniFG and UniUd, 11-15 October 2021, Giovinazzo (Italy).
  • Gugliuzzo A., Criscione G., Giurdanella G., Vitale A., Aiello D., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A. (Oral Presentation). Potential of biopesticides for controlling the ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus and its main symbiont Ambrosiella xylebori. XXVI Italian National Congress of Entomology (CNIE), Session IX - Forest Entomology, 7-11 June 2021, online.
  • Passos L.C., Ricupero M.Gugliuzzo A., Soares M.A., Desneux N., Carvalho G., Campolo O., Palmeri V., Siscaro G., Zappalà L., Biondi A. (Poster). Lethal and sublethal effects of synthetic insecticides and plant essential oils toward the omnivorous mirid Nesidiocoris tenuis. XXVI Italian National Congress of Entomology (CNIE), Session XIII - Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management, 7-11 June 2021, online.
  • Vitale S., Luongo L., Pennacchio F., Petrucci M., Galli M., Tropea Garzia G., Gugliuzzo A., Francardi V. (Poster). Survey on Xylosandrus compactus associated fungi in Italy. XXVI Italian National Congress of Entomology (CNIE), Session VII - Insects and Microorganisms, 7-11 June 2021, online.
  • Biondi A., Pehelivan S., Strano C.P., Santoro L.M., Gugliuzzo A., Ricupero M., Siscaro G., Zappalà L. (Poster). Potential toxicity of plant essential oils toward the brown marmorated stink Bug. XXVI Italian National Congress of Entomology (CNIE), Session VI – Agricultural Entomology, 7-11 June 2021, online.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Aiello D., Vitale A., Polizzi G., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A. (Poster). Antagonistic and mycoparasitic microorganisms as potential tools for controlling the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus. Young Scientists for Plant Health, Web Workshop, 16 December 2020, online.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Vitale A., Aiello D., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A. (Oral Presentation). Antagonistic and mycoparasitic microorganisms as potential tools for controlling the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus. European PhD Network “Insect Science”, XI Annual Meeting, 30 November - 4 December 2020, online.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A. (Oral Presentation). Population dynamics and carob variety susceptibility to the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus. 2nd Joint Meeting of Agriculture-oriented PhD Programs UniCT, UniFG and UniUd, 14-16 September 2020, online.
  • Gugliuzzo A., Criscione G., Siscaro G., Russo A., Tropea Garzia G. (Poster). Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff): a serious threat to Carobs in Sicily. European PhD Network “Insect Science”, IX Annual Meeting, 14-16 November 2018, Florence (Italy).
  • Gugliuzzo A., Cavallaro C., Alinç T., Finocchiaro E., Tropea Garzia G., Siscaro G., Zappalà L., Biondi A. (Poster). Population dynamics of Drosophila suzukii and first data on its parasitoids on Mount Etna (Italy). XI European Congress of Entomology, 2-6 July 2018, Naples (Italy).